Having lived in south Texas for most of my life I know firsthand the problems we are facing with influx of illegal aliens coming across the border from Mexico into Texas, and this is not something that just started a year ago, or even six years ago. This has been a major issue for quite some time, a problem that has been ignored by politicians from both the right and the left.
Why have these career politicians turned a blind eye to something that has been going on for years? Why, more specially has so many Texas Governors done nothing about this flood of illegals that are coming across our borders everyday by the thousands? The answer is a very simple one, and wither you want to hear it or not, it’s all about the Hispanic vote that both political parties desperately need in order to win, not only state elections but a general Presidential election.
With the Obama administration and special interest groups working to push legislation through congress that would grant permanent legal status (i.e., an amnesty) to the illegal alien population, it is worth taking a fresh look at the current fiscal costs of illegal immigration to Texas taxpayers and the potential effects of enacting an amnesty.
In 2013, illegal immigration cost Texas taxpayers about $12.1 billion annually. That amounts to more than $1,197 for every Texas household headed by a native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen. The taxes paid by illegal aliens — estimated at $1.27 billion per year — do not come close to paying for those outlays, but we include an estimate of revenue from sales taxes, property taxes, alcohol taxes, and cigarette taxes.
Aside from emotional arguments about compassion, proponents of an amnesty argue that granting legal status would allow the illegal alien population to seek higher paying jobs, move out of poverty, and contribute more taxes. Opponents of the amnesty proposal argue that besides undermining respect for the law the measure would encourage future illegal immigration and put the illegal alien population on the path to collecting the full range of public benefits that currently are not legally available.
I can do the numbers all day long, bottom line; it’s a mess. Texas has created a market for these illegal aliens that resides in local company’s hiring cheap labor, and paying cash money under the table. But, this is nothing new it’s just been ignored for way to long and now people across Texas and around the Nation are really starting to feel the effects of many years of complacently by our local, state and federal Governments.
Look, I love what Governor Rick Perry has done for the state of Texas, he has helped Texas to become a “booming” state once again and I’m also sure that Governor Perry will be running for President once again in 2016.
If anyone is counting on Obama to do anything you might as well get that out of your head right now, Obama won’t do a damn thing. I don’t care how many bills that pass or don’t pass in Congress, this is Obama’s way of continuing to spit in the face of the American people, it’s his way of “sticking it” to our beloved Conservative party.
Gov. Rick Perry correctly warns that illegal immigrants are responsible for 3,000 murders and 8,000 sexual assaults in the past five years. And with the new border surge, there's more trouble on the way. The Obama administration and its media enablers would have you believe the wave of illegal immigrants flooding the border is composed of nothing more than toddlers and their moms fleeing crime in Central America.
As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi put it, they're "baby Jesus." But Baby Jesuses don't go around raping and murdering, let alone overcrowding prisons, as Perry bluntly points out. Criminals do, however, and unscreened immigrants who can't or won't comply with the legal process for immigration can be found among the economic migrants who have collaborated with the very gangs they say they are running from to gain entry into the U.S.
The FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center reports that Central American illegal immigrant gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha-13 are responsible for most violent crimes in the U.S. and are the top distributors of illegal drugs. That's perfectly consistent with the 3,000 murders and 8,000 sexual assaults Perry cites for Texas, and there's little doubt it's been made worse by the administration's release of 36,000 deportable felons into U.S. cities between 2008 and 2011.
We should note that the left has attacked Perry's numbers, saying they include legal as well as illegal immigrants. Nice try, but with millions of illegal immigrants "legalized" in seven successive amnesties primarily directed at Central Americans since 1986, the legals are often former illegals who got it free. What Perry points out is what's universally reported around the world — that illegals commit a disproportionate share of crimes. Which isn't surprising. Along with economic refugees and others, some of the most likely people to leave a country are its misfits.
Cuba's Fidel Castro proved that in 1980 when he emptied his prisons and mental hospitals for the Mariel boatlift, triggering a crime wave that washed a lot of U.S. politicians out of office as the public reacted.
Meanwhile, Perry also outlined that since the largest period of illegal immigration from Latin America, 1986 to present, was also the country's largest period of legal immigration, there was no reason to push the illegal route. "This isn't about politics, it's about showing the American people that you care, that you understand and that you have interest in solving the problem," Perry said.
Perry's state has received the majority of migrant children, especially in the Rio Grande region, and he has repeatedly called on the federal government to beef up border security. It currently has 3,000 border patrol agents covering 320 miles of land and 250 miles of water, which equates to 5.4 agents per mile, CNN reported.
In the wake of a record 3,000 Texas murders, expect a new crime wave with the latest border surge. "That's unacceptable, and that's the reason we have to secure that border," Perry told TV talk show host Glenn Beck.
If only other leaders were thinking so responsibly about this ugly reality.